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A top business priority for Missouri Republicans is heading to Gov. Jay Nixon's desk, but the measure did not get the number of votes needed to override a potential veto.

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A constitutional amendment to impose term limits on all of Missouri's statewide elected officials is getting a closer look in the Missouri Legislature.

The House gave initial approval Tuesday to a bill that would extend a two-term limit for the governor and treasurer to all other statewide officials.

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A proposal to raise Missouri's fuel tax for the first time in two decades appears unlikely to move forward this session despite warnings from transportation officials about the future of the state's infrastructure. 

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The Missouri Senate is sending back to the House a measure that supporters say will address problems with the state's flawed student transfer law. 

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Missouri lawmakers are proposing a 2-cent gas tax increase as a step toward easing a projected funding shortfall that officials warn could result in the deterioration of many roads and bridges.

Similar proposals considered Tuesday by the full Senate and by a House committee would raise the state's 17-cent fuel tax to 19 cents a gallon in January 2016.

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A compromise between Missouri House and Senate Republicans that would lower the lifetime limit for temporary cash assistance for low-income families from 60 months to 45 months is moving forward.

The Senate on Tuesday approved by a vote of 25 to 9 the measure that would also impose stricter work requirements and higher sanctions for noncompliance.

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Supporters say a measure to allow more access to an easy-to-use treatment for heroin and other opioid drug overdoses would save lives.

The Missouri House gave initial approval Monday to a bill that would allow pharmacists and pharmacy assistants to prescribe a drug that's been effective in treating potentially fatal overdoses to anyone.

Nixon Signs Two Agriculture Bills Into Law

Apr 10, 2015
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  Gov. Jay Nixon on Friday signed into law two agriculture bills aimed at making it easier for farmers to do business in Missouri.

Nixon signed the bills at a ceremony in Barry County, which is located southwest of Springfield.

Legislation designed to aid some delinquent taxpayers in Missouri is on its way to Gov. Jay Nixon's desk.

The House on Thursday overwhelmingly passed HB 384, the "tax amnesty" bill, which would allow people behind on their state income taxes to pay them off without additional penalties or interest.

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A bill providing an additional $120 million dollars in general funds for the 2015 fiscal year is moving forward in the Missouri House.

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Republican Representative Kevin Engler, gave a strong speech yesterday advocating for sexual orientation to be added to work place discrimination law. 

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The Missouri House passed a bill that will require schools to have additional sexual education that is focused on online predators and how to stay safe online.

This week’s Politically Speaking breaks some new ground. Through the magic of radio, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies joined with KBIA’s Bram Sable-Smith to interview state Rep. Caleb Rowden.

The Columbia Republican and Rock Bridge High School graduate was first elected to the Missouri House in 2012. Rowden had a somewhat unconventional road to Missouri state politics: He was a successful Christian rock musician before running for a vacant House seat in 2012.

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Missouri GOP lawmakers still are grappling for consensus at the Legislature's midway point.

The most Republicans ever in the House have helped speed the passage of abortion restrictions and a bill to bar mandatory union fees.

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Missouri beer lovers could buy freshly filled growlers of draft beers at convenience and grocery stores under two proposals brewing in the Legislature.

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A measure supporters say will protect religious student groups at Missouri universities is headed to the Senate after a House vote. 

Amber Alert Changes Endorsed by Missouri House

Mar 18, 2015
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Changes to Missouri's Amber Alert system are progressing in the Missouri House.

The House gave initial approval Wednesday to changes made in response to the kidnapping and death of 10-year-old girl last year in Springfield.

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The Missouri House has passed a budget for more than $26 billion in state spending next fiscal year.

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Immigrants living in Missouri illegally couldn't receive scholarships or in-state tuition under a bill approved by the House.

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A spending plan to increase money for Missouri K-12 public education has won initial House approval.

The House spent hours Tuesday tweaking a package of bills that outline a roughly $8.8-billion general revenue budget for next fiscal year.

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A Senate bill intended to fix issues with Missouri's student transfer law could cost more than $200 million to implement next fiscal year. 

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  Missouri House members voted 141-7 today to send a proposal to the Senate that would waive penalties for those who agree to pay overdue Missouri taxes.

Delinquent taxpayers would need to pay their bills between July 1 and Sept. 30 to qualify.

Legislative researchers estimate the measure would bring in nearly $20 million in additional general revenues next fiscal year.

But similar tax amnesty proposals have stalled in previous years in the Senate.

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The Missouri House or Senate will not consider any new bills to address concerns by the U.S. Justice Department over the operations of the Ferguson Police Department.  That’s because it’s now too late to file any new legislation this year.  Senate President Pro-tem Tom Dempsey says a few already-filed Ferguson-related bills are being worked on.

“You’ll see some debate on the floor and some other issues associated with the aftermath of Ferguson,” Dempsey said.

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The Missouri House is moving forward with a measure to limit the amount of noneconomic damages that can be awarded to victims of medical malpractice. 

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Missouri is the only state in the nation without a program to monitor prescription drugs. A bill passed by the House Thursday would change that. Steven Anthony reports.

Bill sponsor Representative Holly Rehder said it is time Missouri finally join the rest of the nation in using a prescription drug monitoring program.

“Time and time again, we have shown that Missouri’s controlled substances are not controlled and that we are a hotbed for abuse,” Rehder said.

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A measure to create a database to monitor the prescription of drugs such as addictive pain killers is moving forward in the Missouri House.

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It’s still not against the law in Missouri for an employer to fire someone based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.  Senator Joseph Keaveny of St. Louis is sponsoring the latest effort to change that, and his bill is currently being considered by a Senate committee. 

 

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The Missouri House again is pushing this year to require photo identification at the polls.

The House gave initial approval Wednesday to a constitutional amendment and bill that would require voters show photo ID before casting a ballot.

On this special edition of the Politically Speaking podcast, House Speaker John Diehl, R-Town and Country, joins St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies to talk about the passage of “right to work” legislation in the Missouri. 

The bill in question – sponsored by Rep. Eric Burlison, R-Springfield – would bar unions and employers from requiring all workers to join a union and pay union fees, if a majority votes to organize. It passed the Missouri House on Thursday with 92 "yes" votes, which falls short of the majority needed to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto.

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The Missouri House is a step closer to debating a bill forbidding employers from requiring workers to pay dues to a union.

The House Workforce Standards and Development Committee on Wednesday approved three right-to-work bills, marking an early start on a measure that failed to pass the full chamber last year.

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